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Nuts and Bolts

For those who are mechanically declined!~ and just about anyone else!

  1. 1 lb. butter
  2. 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
  3. 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
  4. 1 1/2 tsp. onion salt
  5. 1 1/2 tsp. celery salt
  6. 4 cups “Cheerios”
  7. 4 cups “Life” cereal (corn chex)
  8. 4 cups “Shreddies” or “Wheat Chex”
  9. 2 boxes pretzels or pretzel sticks
  10. 2 cups peanuts (salted if you insist!)
  11. 1 box “bugels”
  12. 1 box cheese nips or cheese bites
  1. Heat oven to 250 F. Place butter in very large roaster and put in oven to melt butter while oven in preheating. Add all ingredients and stir well to coat evenly with butter. Bake for 1 1/2 hours. Stir every 1/2 hour.
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This recipe is available in the book Best of Bridge Holiday Classics.

This recipe is available in the book The Complete Best of Bridge Cookbooks Volume Two.

This recipe is available in the book The Rest of the Best and More.

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  • Brenda Virtue says:

    This is the best Nuts and Bolts ever! I’ve made it for years and haven’t tasted any better recipe. I’ve had lots of compliments from friends and is a must at Christmas for my family. I do add an additional cup of peanuts.

  • Sue says:

    Best nuts and bolts ever! We also add 6 shakes of Tabasco.

  • Ann Ashberry says:

    I forgot to add the Worcestershire sauce and have already roasted them. What can I do to correct it now – it really needs that extra “kick”. Thanks .
    Ann Ashberry

  • Jackie Zimniewich says:

    How do I store the nuts and bolts ?

  • Colleen says:

    I often find that the spices fall to the bottom of the melted butter. Any suggestions?

  • Sharon says:

    Our nuts and bolts seems a bit greasy. Should we have baked it longer.? Will this make it too soggy when we store it? Can we re- bake for longer?

    • Best of Bridge Editors says:

      Hi Sharon, Yes, you can try re-baking the mixture a little longer until the mixture is dryer and crisp. Continue to stir occasionally as it re-bakes. Enjoy!

  • Lorraine Beggs says:

    I do the butter and spices in a pot then use a bayster to add the butter mixture to the nuts and bolts. It coats everything much better.

  • Marianne says:

    It is better to use salted or unsalted butter when making Nuts and Bolts?

  • Kyra says:

    Hi there. I just made a batch last night and they turned out kinda soggy. I thought it would be better after sitting all night but they are still a bit soggy. What did I do wrong and is it possible to fix it? Thanks so much!

    • Best of Bridge Editors says:

      Hi Kyra, sorry to hear that this turned out soggy. This recipe works well in an oval slow cooker which would have more surface area to cook the mixture evenly. To catch any excess condensation, try placing a few layers of paper towel between the lid and on top of the crock to catch any extra liquid build up. In terms of fixing, once the moisture has been absorbed into the cereal, it’s difficult to redistribute. You could experiment by stirring in additional dry cereal and reheat the mixture. Good luck!

  • michelle bradshaw says:

    I’ve made this for the first time last evening and it is delicious! I blended dry spices in small bowl; I combined all dry ingredients in large container, then sprinkled dry spices (I added ~ ½ tsp smoked paprika) and mixed well. I added the Worcestershire sauce to the melted butter, then added the dry mixture .
    I baked at 250º and stirred after 30 min, then increased the temp to 255º and stirred every 20 min for 1 hour. Mixture was dry, not greasy and very tasty

  • Kristy says:

    How long do nuts and bolts keep? How are they best stored?

    • Best of Bridge Editors says:

      Hi Kristy, store nuts and bolts for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container. For longer storage, you can freeze for up to 2 months. Enjoy!

  • Arlene Mousseau says:

    Has anyone used an electric roaster? That’s what I am using…hoping it turns out.

  • Trudy says:

    I love this recipe. I make it every year. But I’m always in a quandary as to the amounts of pretzels, bugles and cheese nips. I do not buy them in boxes. Could you please either give me the volumes or the weights of each of the above ingredients? I tried to Google the weight of a box of cheese nips but I could not find them in boxes and I use goldfish anyway. Thank you.

    • Best of Bridge Editors says:

      Hi Trudy,
      This is one of our favorite recipes! We have an updated version in the Best of Bridge Holiday Classics cookbook. 2 boxes of pretzels, each 16oz/454g, 1 box of bugles – 5 1/2 oz/150 g, Cheese Nips/Bites: 8 oz/250 g. (Of course the size of boxes continues to change or shrink!). That’s great that you substitute Goldfish crackers for the cheese nips! Enjoy!

  • Ann G says:

    Wondering ofYou put the Lid on the Dutch oven or leave it of

  • Ian Corner says:

    What is a good substitute for “Bugles”.

    • Best of Bridge Editors says:

      Hi Ian, you can substitute with corn chips, Cheezies, Hoops or any favorite small savory snack. Of course you can also use more of the same ingredients in the recipe – like the cereal, crackers and more pretzels. Enjoy!

  • Bob Price says:

    This is the same recipie that my family has used from the early 60’s in Thompson. I have tried others over the years but always come back to this one. I do add about 1 1/2 tsp of cyan pepper to this as well… So good.

  • Claire says:

    My first batch last month turned out great. Second batch yesterday, not as flavourful. Can I add butter/spice mixture to smaller batches and re-bake?

    • Best of Bridge Editors says:

      Hi Claire, sorry your second batch didn’t turn out, but your idea to fix it is perfect. Be light-handed on the butter or the mixture will become too oily.

  • Cheryl Grande says:

    How large should the roaster pan be? Could I use an aluminum throw away roaster pan?

    • Best of Bridge Editors says:

      Hi Cheryl, use the largest roaster you have (a standard roaster is roughly 16×13″). If your roaster is not large enough to hold the ingredients, go ahead and divide the mixture into two smaller roasters. A foil roaster will work well. Enjoy!

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